Universal Pushes Hooper's 'Les Misérables' Back to Christmas Day
Briefly: Another late-in-the-game release shift. Universal has announced they're moving the release of Tom Hooper's highly anticipated adaptation of the musical Les Misérables just a few weeks. Originally set to open on December 14th, the same day as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, they will now release the movie on Christmas Day, December 25th. Les Mis is supposed to be a strong late Oscar contender, but Anne Thompson says this "could have an impact on the awards race" if the movie is not ready to screen early. However, this just seems like strategy in placement, instead of going up against The Hobbit. Les Mis stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Russell Crowe.
Other films opening on Christmas Day 2012: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Anne Fletcher's The Guilt Trip, and Andy Fickman's Parental Guidance. Opening four days prior, the weekend before: Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away, Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher and Judd Apatow's This is 40. See the Les Mis teaser.